Once upon a time, Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.
Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.
Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.
Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her, Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible.
*I WAS GIVEN AN EARLY COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
Firstly, I’d like to take a second to say happy birthday to this beautiful and amazing book. This gave me all the feels, and I can’t wait for everyone else to be able to read this.
As given in the synopsis, Skylar Finch was a popular superstar, until she wasn’t. She hated the fame, and she hated having to deal with the constant pressure of the media. So, she skipped town and headed to Glasglow, Scotland, a town that is commonly used in some of Samantha’s books.
Becoming homeless, Skylar became a busker—where she played the guitar and sang—to make money to pay for food and admission to a swim center for the showers. This goes on for a few chapters, making you really understand what the character—and homeless people in real life—have to go through.
Then, just as the story is starting to really get good, Killian O’Dea—an A&R executive at Skyscraper Records—pops up. He basically pursues Skylar and gives her another chance at stardom, even though she really doesn’t want it.
Do you think fame and fortune are all they’re cracked up to be? It’s an emptier existance than mine.
I feel like this could be really true for a lot of celebrities in the public eye. How many of them wanted it, only to realize they really didn’t? I feel like, if I were a celebrity, I’d do anything in my power to give to those who’ve got way less than me. I wouldn’t want that money to just sit in a bank account with nothing to do except collect dust. It isn’t fair.
And a lot of people could say that’s just life, but this book really puts into perspective what life is like for some celebrities. And I love how Samantha brought that about. It really put into perspective that everybody, no matter their position or rank in this world, is fighting a battle we know absolutely nothing about.
For Skylar, she had so many demons attacking her that she physically and mentally couldn’t put up with it anymore.
I loved this book to the point of insanity, and I can’t express that enough. The plot flowed nicely, the characters were well developed throughout the ENTIRE book, and everything made sense. It was a real reality checker. For that, I give this book 5/5 stars.
I can’t wait to see what Samantha writes next!
Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Fight or Flight, a new standalone to be published by Berkley Romance, is out October 9th, 2018. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the Amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s YA contemporary novels The Impossible Vastness of Us and The Fragile Ordinary are published by Harlequin Teen. Her next adult contemporary romance As Dust Dances releases August 7th, 2018. It follows the story of homeless ex-pop-rock star Skylar Finch and the ambitious Scottish A&R Exec Killian O’Dea who shakes up life as she knows it.
Samantha is from a small town in Central Scotland and is known for her romantic stories set in her beloved home country. She is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she’s not writing books, she’s buying shoes she doesn’t really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection. To learn more head on over to her website https://authorsamanthayoung.com